Michael Novak was born in Los Angeles, and lived in New York City for ten years before moving to Portland in 2007—officially placing him in the category of “person most despised by native-born Portlanders.” Over a 20-year career, he’s been an editorial Art Director at Time Warner and Portland Monthly, as well as an illustrator, designer, animator, and storyboard artist. 

The highlight of Mike’s brief animation career was a year-long stint as a character layout animator on the Fox show King of The Hill, before he decided that drawing Hank Hill all day long was pretty damn boring. After the act of sitting at home waiting for the phone to ring put the kibosh on his freelance illustration career, he discovered design, which he loves.

His duties at Portland Monthly consist of making the magazine look and read awesomely, by designing covers, features, and pretty much anything else. In his free time he likes to sleep.

Health

Actual Good News! Norovirus Outbreaks Are Way Down in 2020

Sorry COVID made you postpone your wedding, but here’s one more disease you won’t be getting. (Maybe.)

5:00am By Margaret Seiler

Recipe

Hot Cocoa Recipe Ideas from the Rambler, Xico, and Our Own Cupboard

Winter just isn't winter without that hot cup of cocoa.

11/27/2020 By Ainslee Dicken

Food & Drink

A Guide to Portland’s New Wave of Italian Markets

In 2020 alone, three Italian markets have opened up shop.

11/25/2020 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Shopping

Portland Monthly's Local Holiday Gift Guide

This year it’s more important than ever to get those holiday gifts locally for everyone on your list. We can help.

11/24/2020 Edited by Eden Dawn Photography by Michael Novak

Election 2020

What to Cook, Eat, and Drink for Election Night 2020

Prepare yourself for the best and worst with all-consuming recipes, takeout comfort food, and quarantine-approved wines.

10/31/2020 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Best Restaurants 2020

Sunshine Noodles Stirs Modern Influences into Cambodian Food

The pop-up serves up a contemporary yet homestyle take on Cambodian cuisine—equal parts family history and who chef Diane Lam is today.

10/06/2020 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Local Libations

Here Are the Wines and Wine Shops Keeping Us Saturated in These Trying Times

Raise a glass to the bottle shops, tasting rooms, and corner stores, with everything from hot new discoveries to “easy drinkers that can ease our reality.”

10/03/2020 By Margaret Seiler, Julia Silverman, and Conner Reed

Pomo Picks

Oregon-Made Content to Read, Watch, and Listen to This Week: Sept 16

The Beaver State stuff in our queues, from Stand by Me to Blind Pilot

09/17/2020 By Portland Monthly Staff

Coffee Camaraderie

Two Years in, La Perlita Celebrates Its Status as a BIPOC Hub

The coffee shop is now home to a new roasting company, Reforma Roasters, and is hosting women and BIPOC-helmed food pop-ups on a near-daily basis.

07/30/2020 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Airport News

Expanded Concourse E Opens at Portland International Airport

Kites, curds, and classic carpet await at PDX—for those who are traveling again.

07/18/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Apocalypse Chow

Personalized Takeout Keeps the Essence of Portland Food Life Alive

Through hell and high water, Nodoguro, Coquine, and Gado Gado have morphed into makeshift takeout hot spots.

06/16/2020 By Karen Brooks Photography by Michael Novak

Beyond Hunger Games

The Food Scene's New Rallying Cry: Improvise, Adapt, Overcome

Portland's food scene is changed forever. But we were built to survive. “Portland was meant for this moment.”

06/16/2020 By Karen Brooks

Rescue 503

With a Shortage of Protective Gear, Oregon Businesses Pivoted Fast

Repurposed plants and volunteer makers have helped keep essential workers covered.

06/01/2020 By Julia Silverman

Bon Appetit, Portland

So Long, and Thanks for All the Food

Eat Beat’s departing editor looks back at a decade of heavy eating.

05/28/2020 By Benjamin Tepler

Coronavirus

Three Portland Trader Joe’s Workers Report from the Front Lines

“It’s seductive being called a hero. It’s also insidious.”

04/14/2020 By Karen Brooks

Cooling Market

Once Stratospheric, the Portland Real Estate Market Is Looking More Earthbound This Year

If not a buyer’s market, it’s at least a balanced one.

04/01/2020 By Julia Silverman

Coronavirus

Portland-Area Farmers Markets Ramp Up for the Busy Season with New Precautions

For many local farmers, Portland’s regional markets are their only hope.

03/20/2020 By Benjamin Tepler

Coronavirus

7 Easy Recipes for Quarantined Cooks

Yes, Portland’s mandatory restaurant closures mean you’re going to have to learn to cook.

03/17/2020 By Benjamin Tepler

Indoor Activites

10 Recipes to Get You Through Quarantine

Nothing takes the mind off of a pandemic like a long, delicious kitchen project.

03/12/2020 By Benjamin Tepler